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FILE - In this July 24, 2013 file photo, New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner leaves his apartment building in New York. Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner has acknowledged he communicated online with a girl who accused him of sending sexually explicit messages, but he said he’s also been the subject of a hoax, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Ex-congressman Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty to sexting charge in federal court


UPDATE 1:46 A.M.: Weiner's plea agreement calls for 21 to 27 months in jail. He's also agreed to register as a sex offender.

This plea deal is already sparking a debate on social media among those who remember the Secret Service agent sentenced to 20 years in prison for the same crime earlier this week.

Lee Robert Moore, 38, pleaded guilty in March to enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and attempting to transfer obscene materials to a minor.

UPDATE 11:58 A.M.: Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty in child sexting case.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner will plead guilty on Friday to "sexting" with minors, the New York Times reported.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan confirmed Weiner will appear in court at 11 a.m., though it would not confirm the charge or the plea.

The Times reported that Weiner surrendered to the FBI Friday morning.

The potential charges stemmed from the sexually charged text messages and Skype conversations he allegedly exchanged with a 15-year-old girl for months last year.

The messages were revealed when online news outlet DailyMail.com interviewed the girl last September.

Weiner might avoid prison time as a result of the deal but might also have to register as a sex offender, the paper reported.

--This story is a developing.

Ex-congressman Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty to sexting charge in federal court
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